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Archive for September, 2006

Spotless Effects on Eternal Sunshine

Cream ‘O the Croppers Buzz Image have a great featurette on their site showing shot breakdowns for some of the vfx work they did on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


Good lord, there’s so much more to these shots than I ever realized. I feel like I watched the movie with a blindfold on.

Thanks Josh (via Heavy Backpack)

Saturday, September 30th, 2006 | 6 Comments »

Netdiver DAC Winners Announced

Between Aug 22nd and Sept 1st, an international invitation was extended by Netdiver to students and aspiring 2D-3D designers to submit their work and get a chance to be published and be seen by some of the top Hollywood studios who attended //ADAPT 2006 in Montreal, September 23nd-24th.


The winners have been announced, and I’m digging “Waltz 57,” the 1st place piece by Nico Stumpo. I know of lot of you don’t like this abstract 3D stuff, but when it’s done rightâ€â€?and I’d say this one is done rightâ€â€?I find them to be beautiful, meditative works.

Saturday, September 30th, 2006 | 3 Comments »

Loyalkaspar + Jakob Strom: Sampo

Loyalkaspar recently teamed up with director Jakob Ström to create a whimsical spot for Finnish bank Sampo.


I’m not crazy about the writing; things get a little awkward about halfway through, when the little sad guy starts smiling, apparently because he has become two entities (Idea + Action) rolled into one.

But the visuals are endearing and inventive. Lassoing the sun as if it were a balloon, and the jagged, hand-torn environmental elements (the pond and stormy sky, for instance) are great visual touches that give the spot a healthy dose of personality. Speaking of personality, with only a couple minor exceptions, the character animation is fluid, believable and fun.

Client: Sampo Bank
Project: “Ideas Into Action” (:65)

Agency: Bob Helsinki, Helsinki
Production Companies: Renck Akerlund Film Produktion, Stockholm
Loyalkaspar, New York

Co-Directors: Jakob Ström, Loyalkaspar
Producers: Sarah Grey (Renck Akerlund); Mark Groeschner (Loyalkaspar)
Design/Animation/Post: Loyalkaspar, New York

EDIT: It has come to my attention that this spot was already posted by Tread a while back. Oh well. It deserves a second viewing.

Friday, September 29th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

New Feature: The Process Behind Lobo’s Dupont Spot

Not long ago, we posted an amazing spot for Dupont directed by Brazilian-based animation and design powerhouse Lobo. I’ve been a huge fan of Lobo for a long time. Along with MK12 and Nakd (back in the Nando Costa days), they were one of the big reasons I became interested in motion graphics.


I had the opportunity to ask Creative Director Mateus de Paula Santos some questions about the spot, and he decided to share a very nice chunk of the preproduction work behind the project, including animation tests and storyboards.

Check out the interview now.

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 | Comments Off